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22-Nov-13 World View -- New American drone strike stirs outrage in Pakistan

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22-Nov-13 World View -- New American drone strike stirs outrage in Pakistan

Climate change activists walk out of climate change conference

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New American drone strike stirs outrage in Pakistan


Pakistani madrassa students look at parts of the missile shot by the drone strike on Thursday (AFP)
Pakistani madrassa students look at parts of the missile shot by the drone strike on Thursday (AFP)

At least two senior Haqqani network leaders, along with three Taliban leaders, were killed by an American drone strike in Pakistan on Thursday. The drone strike targeted a madrassa run by the Haqqani network, which has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are blamed for thousands of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan.

The drone strike has stirred outrage in Pakistan. First, it occurred just a day after the U.S. reportedly promised the Pakistanis that there would be no more drone strikes for a while. And second, it occurred in a densely populated area with a civilian government in Pakistan's northwest, while previous drone strikes have been in the sparely populated tribal area, a strip of land on the border with Afghanistan. Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman condemned the drone strike, saying that they were a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Imran Khan, Pakistan's former cricket superstar turned anti-American politician, is planning to hold a large rally on Saturday. According to Khan:

"We will announce at the protest on Saturday that we will permanently block the supply route until they stop drone attacks. If itís in our hands, we will block it today. Our powers are that we can tell them that NATO supplies canít pass through our province."

Khan has threatened to block the U.S. supply route through Pakistan to Afghanistan many times before, but this would be the first time he carries through with the threat, if he does. Pakistan's politicians publicly object to the drone strikes, but it's widely believed that they support the drone strikes in private. AFP and Daily Times (Pakistan)

Climate change activists walk out of climate change conference

Over 800 representatives of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) staged a walkout from climate change negotiations being held in Warsaw, Poland. India's Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan came forth with the following gobbledygook:

"I fully share the sentiments of the NGOs and call on developed countries to show their determination to implement commitments and increase their ambition to address the mitigation gap and provide enhanced means of implementation and ensure that the negotiations reach a meaningful conclusion in the Conference of Parties.

It is a matter of deep concern to my country that there has been absolutely no progress in any of the issues of interest to developing countries in this Conference of Parties.

Discussions on crucial issues of direct importance to developing countries like finance, technology and Loss and Damage have remained deadlocked due to lack of will by developed country Parties."

The last sentence was pretty clear, and encapsulates the whole point of the NGO's protest: They want the U.S. and Europe to pay billions of dollars to them (the NGOs) and to favored political leaders who, history has shown, will simply pocket the money. I have never heard these people utter even a single credible sentence that paying money will lead to reduced carbon emissions. What they're conducting is a financial scam, and they're furious because no one is listening, even the ultra-liberal Barack Obama. The Hindu

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